And the book was won by….

this book offered in a contest and goes to ....

this book could be won and goes to….

Those who regularly follow the posts on this blog already know: a book was offered for winning. And how did the contest go?? Well, I must say that the response wasn't really overwhelming: four people have dared to submit a comment. The advantage though is that it will be a lot easier for me to choose the winner. …Read the whole article…

win the Complete book of Sculpture!

The complete book of sculpting-13 May 2016; the book by now has been won by Paul

-list of Sculptor's Supplies Shops in the Netherlands added below-

-Sorry folks, this is only for Dutch language readers... It's about this book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sculpture-Stone-Cami-Santamera/dp/0764154249.- For a number of times now I've been recommending a particular book for beginning sculptors on this blog, as excellent teaching material to learn how to transfer your design onto in a block of stone, whether enlarged or not (here, here, here and here for example). …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-3: Direct carving in stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone-3: Direct carving

1.← Click here for the first ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone: techniques-

2. ← Click here for the second ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone: measuring-

carving the main volumes in stone by direct carving method

startby carving the main volumes. Detailing is not important yet

Direct carving is a term for just taking up a chisel and hammer and start carving. The process is simple enough, but it has its difficulties as well, because direct carving also means trying to find your way through the stone. …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-2: from design to stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors-2: from design to stone

← Click here for the first ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone-

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stone statue in the making and model. Click image for link to the first article on this sculpture

Readers of my blog may know it already: I have a thorough dislike of measuring. By measuring I mean taking a distance with a ruler or a tape measure, then remember that and reproduce it on the block of stone. …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-1: techniques

Tips for beginning sculptors in stone-1: technique

When I first wanted to learn to carve in stone I had trouble finding someone who could teach me this thoroughly. That was, of course, in the time before the internet, around 1990. Now, it's become a lot easier; just type in as a keyword that you want to sculpt in stone and you'll find loads of courses and holiday weeks . Unfortunately, not every teacher is equally aware of the technical aspects (there are still a lot of courses for rasping in soapstone) and neither does every aspiring sculptor have an appetite or time or money for a course. The following 'tips for beginning sculptors in stone’ should help you well on the way. …Read the whole article…

The challenge of the direct carving method

Tim cut into waist direct a header in French limestoneLast week my nephew Tim stopped by for a few days to sculpt a head in a piece of French limestone in direct carving method. In this picture he is far from done yet; It has become …Read the whole article…

An afternoon of carving together

It's been some years since I gave sculpting lessons. Aast Saturday I had my first 'students’ in my own studio: the American Matt, my cousin Roel, and my sister Coraline. Roel wanted to learn to carve in stone and got very concentratedly engaged in the rudiments of stone carving. …Read the whole article…